Gamers at Comex battle for prizes worth $20k

Gamers battling it out at the inaugural Singapore E- Sports League, the highlight at Comex. More than 30 teams competed in four tournaments over four days for more than $20,000 worth of gaming products.
Gamers battling it out at the inaugural Singapore E-Sports League, the highlight at Comex. More than 30 teams competed in four tournaments over four days for more than $20,000 worth of gaming products.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Gaming proved to be one of the biggest draws at this year's consumer electronics fair Comex, which ended yesterday.

A highlight of the four-day event - which occupied three levels of Suntec Singapore - was the inaugural Singapore E-Sports League, where more than 30 teams competed in four different tournaments over four days for more than $20,000 worth of gaming products.

The fair boasted some of the latest virtual-reality gaming products, such as laptops and desktops featuring technology from companies like Asus and Nvidia.

A spokesman for Nvidia noted that there has been "strong interest" from consumers in laptops powered by its newly announced GeForce GTX 10 series notebook graphics cards, particularly the GeForce GTX 1060.

A spokesman for local PC-maker Aftershock said its W series and S series notebooks were popular as they are powered by the new Nvidia 10 series graphics cards.

Shopper Jonathan Tay, 22, splurged on a $630 BenQ XL Ultimate Esports Gaming Monitor.

"I wanted to upgrade my current mid-range gaming monitor to this," said the national serviceman.

Another shopper, Ms Eunice Lim, 46, was also pleased with the deals her family managed to snag.

They bought a Canon G3000 printer for $329 and an Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop for $1,298.

"We endure and don't buy anything until Comex starts," said the housewife, who attends Comex every year with her family. "IT shows usually offer quite good deals."

Comex is organised by Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary Sphere Exhibits.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2016, with the headline 'Gamers at Comex battle for prizes worth $20k'. Print Edition | Subscribe